Tips for travelling to Vietnam in the monsoon season

Monsoon season is not really a disadvantage for your trip to the Vietnam. Prices for all services are getting cheaper, temperatures tend to be cooler, tourists are fewer and the landscape is lush and green.

Due to its unique geography, Vietnam has a climate with wide variation from north to south, delineated into two distinct climatic zones. Generally, Vietnam is best seen between September and April.

The North has a moderate subtropical climate, with a cool, damp winter occurring between November and April, and a hot summer with periods of heavy rain from May to October. Temperatures may swing dramatically from 41°F (5°C) in December to 98.6 °F (37°C) in July. Winter in the North is cold compared to other parts of Southeast Asia - temperatures have been known to dip below 15°C in Hanoi, and snow has occasionally fallen in the highlands.

The South has a humid tropical climate with three distinct seasons: a cool season from November to January, a hot season from February to April, and a rainy season from May to November. The latter is brought by the southwestern monsoon that also brings regular typhoons in its wake. Humidity hits a peak from March to May. Average temperature shows little variation compared to the north, swinging between s in the southern plains (Ho Chi Minh City and the Mekong Delta) varies less, going between 70-82.5 °F (21-28°C) in a year's time.

The central highlands have the same seasons as the South, only with much lower temperatures during the winter seasons.

 

Because of  the interesting geography, Vietnam  climate is nice and peaceful for whole year. The tropical rain is fast and very suddenly like a showers might be hour-long downpours in the afternoon. Flooding occurs only occasionally in a few points such as: Hue, Hoi An, beside rain or shine there is nothing obstructing and  monsoon is a nothing matter if you follow carefully below tips:

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Dress appropriately

Opt for loose fitting or light clothing, such as cotton tank tops and shorts, as opposed to jeans or heavier knits that will take a long time to dry and stretch out from the saturation. The light clothing is also helpful in the dry hours, as the weather is seriously hot and humid between storms and the lighter the clothing, the cooler you’ll stay.

Wear good shoes

Take it from one who has slipped and fallen while wearing cheaply made flip-flops one too many times – keep a pair of comfortable sneakers or well-soled shoes handy. Rains don’t last long but they can drench an area pretty quickly, leaving slippery surfaces wherever you go. And when those sewers overflow and spill onto the streets…let’s just say you don’t want to be falling down in it. You also don’t want to be wearing just sandals when wading through puddles a few inches deep. But be sure not to bring any new or especially dear kicks with you because they are bound to get filthy pretty fast.

Travel prepared

Keeping a poncho in your bag seems a small thing, but it can keep you from getting dry and muddy at a moment’s notice. Since rainy season also means mosquito season, always keep mosquito repellent and anti-itch cream handy. If you’re doing any trekking or spending a night in a tent or bungalow, pick up a portable mosquito net. This helps reduce the chance of contracting malaria or dengue, and the chances you’ll be covered in itchy bites by morning. Purchasing a water-resistant bag for valuables such as cameras, smartphones and credit cards, as well as any medicines, is a wise investment against things getting ruined in a sudden downpour.

Keep an eye out for deals

Negotiation is almost always par for the course in Southeast Asia, but be especially game for a haggle session during the rainy season. Because there are fewer tourists coming through, you can usually arrange for discounted prices on hotel or hostel rates, especially if you’re staying for several nights. If you’re comfortable just showing up somewhere and finding a place to stay on arrival, you can seek out deals that are not advertised online or get specials you’ll only find through face-to-face interactions.

Pay attention to the news

While rainy season travel in Southeast Asia can be perfectly enjoyable, heavy rains can obviously lead to flooding, making travel more time-consuming and even dangerous. Keep an eye on the weather and news coming out of wherever you’re headed to and avoid anywhere that looks like it may be dangerously hard hit. Some rural areas may be ill-equipped to deal with a disaster and you don’t want to be stuck there if that happens. Besides, there is so much to see in Southeast Asia, you’ll have no problem coming up with an alternative plan.